Top Democratic House committee heads on Friday demanded in a letter to President Trump that he provide detailed reasoning behind his decision to send ventilators to Russia as part of a $5.6 million aid package. The committee chairpersons raised concerns that the shipment of ventilators to Russia was done while the U.S. is still in a critical phase of responding to the coronavirus pandemic, and raised concerns Trump was sending ventilators overseas as "political favors."
The letter was signed by Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.), Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (N.Y.) and Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey (N.Y.), as well as Reps. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.).
“To be clear, we are not suggesting that the United States is not, or could never be, in a position to contribute ventilators and other critical medical supplies to countries that are truly in need,” the lawmakers wrote.